“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." – President Harry S. Truman
This Memorial Day, we pause alongside fellow Americans in a day of remembrance for the fallen who died in service to our nation, and we recognize and honor their remarkable contributions. National Geographic's Heroes of the Sky: The Mighty Eighth Air Force tells the story of Airmen that made the ultimate sacrifice through an awe-inspiring campaign that transformed the arc of World War II.
We commemorate our Air Force's 75th anniversary by embodying the innovative culture of "The Mighty Eighth" through innovative concepts like Multi-Capable Airmen. Multi-Capable Airmen represent a foundational change in how we think, fight, and empower our Airmen to operate amidst multi-domain challenges in an expeditionary environment. David Epstein brilliantly characterizes this philosophy in Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by emphasizing a formula of breadth, cognitive diversity and generalized experience.
For our Air Force to ensure credible deterrence, build enduring advantage and campaign, we must ensure every airman thoroughly understands the strategic environment. In Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War, Paul D'Anieri reframes the crisis in Ukraine through a post-Cold War historical prism to challenge perceptions and re-examine competing goals and objectives.
Modernizing into the Air Force we need to support integrated deterrence is not without its challenges, particularly within Action Order B. Harvard Business Review's Should you Collaborate or Compete podcast observes workplace dynamics and challenges us to rethink how leaders manage their formations to strike a more effective balance between collaboration and competition.
How does a book about sales make better Airmen? Daniel Pink answers that question in To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. We must sharpen our ability to develop and articulate a simple, easy to remember, and consistent message regarding our Air Force’s modernization imperative to key stakeholders as well as the Airmen we are privileged to lead.
I am proud to share these new Leadership Library titles to stimulate your curiosity, challenge your leadership methods, and expand your intellect. Fly, Fight, & Win…Airpower Anytime, Anywhere!
CHARLES Q. BROWN, JR.
General, U.S. Air Force
Chief of Staff
Editor's note: The CSAF Leadership Library is a fluid set of media selected by Gen. Brown that evolves as novel ideas are published, recorded and debated. New entries will be added periodically throughout the year.